10 of the Most Scenic Routes in India!

Ask anyone living in India’s metropolitan cities and they’ll tell you that driving is the bane of their existence. The thought of navigating through a crowded city’s congested roads, with the constant bleep of horns and air thick with smoke is enough to draw a sigh from anyone. But if you want to hear your car purr on clear clean roads and connect with your inner driver, flanked on either side by stunning scenery, try one of these routes:

The Manali-Leh Highway

This 475km stretch of road is the most dangerous highway in India but that’s a part of the thrill, and judging by the account of most travelers that undertake this journey; it’s definitely worth it. The highway is open only between June and September when it is clear of snow. Through the course of this journey you will get to witness some spectacular sights of the world’s highest mountain passes such as Tanglang La, Lachulung La, Rohtang La and more!

Yikes! Photograph by Simon Matzinger.
Yikes! Photograph by Simon Matzinger.

Bangalore to Calicut

The drive from Bangalore to Calicut via Wayanad is a sight to behold. The roads are flanked with flower farms which are generally in full bloom around the months of August and September, and are a beautiful sight to see.

Photograph by Anmol
Photograph by Anmol

Jaisalmer to Barmer

This 159km length of road will take you through some mind-blowing sights, as you drive across the Great Indian Thar Desert,the Aravalli Mountains and the Great Rann of Kutch. The road is well paved and smooth, and a great place for camel-spotting!

Photograph by Nevil Zaveri
Photograph by Nevil Zaveri

Darjeeling to Gangtok

This 95km long ride will take you over beautiful green hills, as you plummet across gorgeous tea plantations to the heart of Sikkim. The weather is almost always pleasant and the climb isn’t too steep.

Photograph by Ariful Haque Bhuyian
Photograph by Ariful Haque Bhuyian

Kaziranga to Golaghat

A spectacular drive through North Eastern India’s tea plantations.  While the drive is short-lived, around an hour and a half, the view is great and you stand a chance to spot some of the indigenous fauna too.

Image source: assammymotherland.blogspot.com
Image source: assammymotherland.blogspot.com

Chennai-Pondicherry East Coast Road

The road travels across the Bay of Bengal, overlooking the sea. It is littered with great restaurants which offer mouthwatering sea food, and also covers many thriving tourist spots along the way.  There are also a few adventure parks on the way to satiate the thrill seeker in you.

Photograph by Subrat Pattnaik
Photograph by Subrat Pattnaik

Mysore to Ooty

On this route you get to see many exciting places such as Shrirangapattana and Gundlupet. You will also come across one of India’s major wildlife sanctuaries, the Bhandipur National Park. As you near Ooty the scenery transcends into luscious green hills with deep valleys, and thundering waterfalls.

Tea gardens in Ooty. Photograph by Marji Lang
Tea gardens in Ooty. Photograph by Marji Lang

The Western Ghats

The Western Ghats were declared as a world heritage site by UNESCO. Spanning through Gujrat, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, they culminate at Kanyakumari, the southernmost point of the Indian Peninsular. Through the course of your drive you’ll get to see many changing scenes like dry, rocky mountains and vast, green meadows.

Photograph by Yvon Maurice
Photograph by Yvon Maurice

Visakhapatnam to Bhubaneshwar

As you travel across NH5 you’ll get to witness seasides, coastal towns, and forests. As you near Bhubneshwar, you’ll get to see many temples such as the Lingraj temple,the Mukteshwar temple, the Brahmeshwar temple and more.

Photograph by Swagat Rath
Photograph by Swagat Rath

The Mumbai-Pune Expressway

This six lane, concrete giant is a construction marvel and takes you through the hills, and we mean literally through, as you drive through beautiful tunnels on this sturdy road.

Photograph by Sriram SN
Photograph by Sriram SN

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